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X-Fi XtremeGamer or XtremeMusic

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April 25, 2007 3:10:51 PM

Which of these two would be better to get for gaming only?

They are available for the same price and I am having trouble deciding which one to get.

Just to throw this in as well, the Audigy 4 is available for aound half the price, am I just better off with this one.

Thanks
April 25, 2007 6:20:14 PM

i'd put that money towards a new GPU, but if u must have an audio card i would go for the XtremeMusic. Same price from what i see. They'll both do the same, XM looks better though ;) 
April 25, 2007 6:46:28 PM

definatly man get the xm it is better overall. but you ned to have kick a** speakers to be able to full utilize the card at least 5.1. save for a new gpu i you dont have a good one such as 7600 gt or higher
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April 25, 2007 6:56:29 PM

that would be going down a step :p  hes got a 7800gt. i'd suggest anything higher than 1950xt if you decided to save for a more powerful gpu
April 25, 2007 7:21:33 PM

Don't know about the Extreme Gamer but I'm using the Extreme Music with Klipsch 2.1 ProMedia speakers and it sounded very sweet on both gaming and entertainment.
April 25, 2007 7:52:47 PM

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i'd put that money towards a new GPU, but if u must have an audio card i would go for the XtremeMusic. Same price from what i see. They'll both do the same, XM looks better though ;) 
Yeah, the 7800GT is a lot faster than the 7600GT, but a new videocard would show the largest performance improvement.
April 25, 2007 8:02:57 PM

I have the XM and its friggin sweet.
April 25, 2007 8:32:06 PM

Another happy XM user here. Using it with some Logitech 2.1 speakers and it rocks my socks.

About the only complaint is that Creative isn't releasing Linux drivers for the card, and ALSA still hasn't written drivers for Linux either, the X-Fi is a completely new architecture.

Good news is that everything works fine still even if you don't disable onboard sound in the BIOS, so I just have to run an audio cable from the onboard sound on in motherboard to the other input on my speakers. No big deal.
April 26, 2007 1:31:59 AM

Hi,

Thanks for all your responses

In regards to the videocard, I will be upgrading that in due time to either an 8800 series or the new ATI cards (probably along with a new 22 inch LCD), but I only game at 1280x1024 atm and the 7800 plays all the games I play pretty well (although supreme commander does get laggy when the unit cout gets high)

Looks like I will be going with the X-Fi music (Speakers I have are Creative MegaWorks THX 550)
April 29, 2007 4:00:55 AM

Hi,

Just a quick follow up question, how does the X-fi XtremeMusic compare with the Audigy 4 directly in regards to gaming only?
April 29, 2007 4:34:58 AM

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Hi,

Just a quick follow up question, how does the X-fi XtremeMusic compare with the Audigy 4 directly in regards to gaming only?


I have an Audigy in one computer and a X-Fi in another. I'd say it depends on the quality of your speakers. I have a Klipsch 5.1 500wt set and the X-Fi is noticably better than the Audigy. Another thing to think about is that so far, Creative has said it won't support the Audigy series with 64 bit drivers, i.e., Vista and XP64, Only the X-Fi series will have Vista support. I only mention this if you have plans to get Vista in the future.
April 29, 2007 4:36:27 AM

Um, I disagree with everyone here, the extreme gamer is a sound card created for gaming, which is why gaming is in it's name :wink: . The Xtremegamer version is essentially the audio version with a couple extra's for gaming. Here in canada there is a 30-40$ difference between cards, surprised its the same price over in america.
James
April 29, 2007 5:31:42 AM

I agree with James 8970, the Xtreme Gamer is designed for gamers! 8O

I have investigated this matter before and the xtreme gamer comes equiped with an additional feature called Xram. This is designed buffer up the game sound files to reduce calls from your harddrive and the like, many engines support this feature including Quake 4, BF2, and yet to be confirmed is the UT3 engine.

Having said that the 24bit core of both of the cards is the same.

Hope this helps in your decision.
April 29, 2007 6:23:55 AM

XtremeMusic all the way, creative decided to split this card into the xtreme game and xtreme something else( some music only crap )

Get the xtrememusic card

As for those on about speakers and what not, screw that get yourself a decent set of headphones, unless you have a full surround setup its your only man, fantastic directional sound with headphones
April 30, 2007 1:32:26 PM

xtreme gamer is xtreme music with minor differences.

Both xtreme gamer and music have digital outputs but only gamer has optical output and standard ac97 front panel connector. Xtreme music does not have them. I'd say xtreme gamer has better connectivity then Xtreme music but other then that both cards are pretty equal.
May 9, 2007 5:18:16 AM

Get the Xtreme Music if they're the same price, and the Gamer if it's cheaper. The only difference between the two is that you can upgrade the Music with the Front I/O Panel in the future if you want. Otherwise, specs-wise they're identical.
May 10, 2007 3:55:18 AM

Hi,

I ended up with the X-fi Xtrememusic and I am extreamly happy with it (reminds me of the time I went from a sound blaster 16 to a Live! series card).

I would highly recommened this card to anyone in the market for dedicated sound.

Loving Quake 4 with EAX HD enabled

Great looking card to, black (matches my M/B), with gold inputs

Thanks you too all the people above that helped me out
May 10, 2007 10:57:12 AM

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I would highly recommened this card to anyone in the market for dedicated sound.

Except on Vista, tried BF2 last night sounded terrible on ultra, all tinney, back to XP for me
May 10, 2007 11:12:03 AM

The XGamer version does indeed have sound memory, 64 MB if I remember correctly. There are a few games starting to come out that cannot run in the highest sound quality without this onboard memory and it will probably be necessary for whatever EAX is next too. I'd go for the XGamer...even though I own an XMusic myself.
May 11, 2007 5:35:05 AM

There's 2 Xtreme Gamers. The regular one is basically the Music without the option to upgrade to I/O panel and a smaller overall form factor. The Gamer FPS has the I/O panel and the X-RAM. Personally I don't think the FPS one is really worth the extra money. I don't like front panel connections unless it's a temporary device I'm connecting, and I don't see the benefit of X-RAM to justify the extra money either. Plus anything with l337 speak turns me off, and "Fatal1ty" is a stupid name. :p 
May 11, 2007 11:29:51 AM

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Plus anything with l337 speak turns me off, and "Fatal1ty" is a stupid name. :p 

yeah, learnt that from FX5700 Ultra Turbo Cache 8O
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